Despite, by her own admission, being generally unlucky, bingo is Teresa’s favourite hobby as she religiously goes to Creggan on Sunday evenings for her game.
Teresa said she is extremely grateful for the support of the local community ahead of her moment in the TV spotlight.
In the lead up to the Winning Streak appearance Teresa got two ‘call-outs’ wishing her luck: One from the congregation of her local church at Mass and then at her local bingo hall in Creggan, where all of her friends and fellow players gave her a round of applause after the announcer wished her all the best.
Teresa has been married to Barney for the past 53 years and describes him as the “best man in the world”.
Next year Barney will celebrate his 99th birthday. Unfortunately he was unable to travel to RTE for the show but watched it keenly on television.
The couple’s three adult children Caroline, Brendan and Vincent accompanied Teresa along with their partners and her ten grandchildren.
Thrilled with her good fortune, she refuses to be drawn on what she will spend her winnings on but says she will “do something nice” with Christmas on the way.
Teresa bought her winning ticket in the American House in Bundoran, Co Donegal.
The Winning Streak TV Gameshow is based solely on chance and there is no skill involved. To enter, players must submit a 3-star ticket in one of the special 3-star envelopes, which are available from all National Lottery Retail Sales Agents.